Self-isolation support payments

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The Covid-19 self-isolation support scheme is ending on 30 June.

If you tested positive and had to self-isolate on or before 30 June, and you are eligible for support, you have 21 days to make a claim after your last day of self-isolation.

If you have recorded a positive result for COVID-19 on the NHS Wales website and have been contacted by NHS Wales Test, Trace, protect service (TTP) advising you to self-isolate, you may be entitled to financial support.

From 28 March 2022, unvaccinated close contacts will no longer be eligible for the scheme.

You must have registered your positive Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test result within 24 hours of receiving the result. If you do not do this, your test result will not be registered and you will not be eligible for the Self-Isolation Support Payment.

If you meet ALL of the eligibility criteria, you are entitled to an Isolation Payment of £500.

From 28th March 2022 eligibility for a Self-Isolation Support Payment is restricted to people who:

  • Have tested positive for COVID 19 (including registering a positive LFD result) and have been advised to self-isolate by TTP (this includes the text issued by TTP informing an individual to self-isolate) OR;
  • Are a parent or carer of a child and  cannot attend the workplace due to caring at home for a child who has tested positive and has been advised to self-isolate through TTP as a positive case. Please note: parents of children who have been notified through the NHS Covid-19 App to self-isolate are not eligible for a payment
  • You are employed or self-employed
  • You cannot work from home and will lose income as a result
  • You or your partner are currently receiving at least one of the following benefits: Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit
  • The application is made up to 21 days after the period of self-isolation ended. Applications after this point are not accepted

Discretionary payment

You may be eligible for a £500 discretionary payment if you meet all of the other eligibility criteria above, but:

  • You or your partner Do Not currently receive Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit
  • You will face financial hardship as a result of not being able to work while you are self-isolating, for example if your income is below £500 per week or you receive basic Statutory Sick Pay.

How to apply

Please ensure that you have the information below available before starting your application:

  • National Insurance Number
  • Confirmation of the date given by NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service (TTP)
  • Your most recent Bank Statement, wage slip or proof of self-employment

Please note: Self-isolation payments are taxable. If you’re employed, you’ll pay tax on the payment if you go over your tax-free personal allowance. Your tax code will change to collect the tax. You will not pay National Insurance contributions on the payment. If you’re self-employed you must report the payment on your Self-Assessment tax return.

Applications from members of the same household

People in the same household can each make an individual application to receive the payment, if they each meet the eligibility criteria.

In cases where a child is required to isolate, only one payment can be made to a household for that period. 

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  • Six. Three awards per individual and a further three if you are a parent/carer claiming because your child has been instructed to self-isolate.

In every case, no payment can be made unless you have been told to self-isolate by TTP and we are required to check that this has happened.

If two periods of self-isolation overlap, only one payment can be made.

For example: If you claim for a period of self-isolation lasting from November 1 to November 14, and then claim again for a second period of self-isolation beginning on November 10, you would only be allowed to claim once, because the two periods overlap. You would only be allowed to claim for a second period of self-isolation if it began after the first period had ended on 14 November.

More detailed information about the scheme can be found on the Welsh Government website.

Care workers who are required to stay off work due to actual or suspected Covid-19 may be able to apply to the Welsh Government's Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Enhancement scheme. That was launched on 1 November 2020 and will run until 31 March 2021. Guidance on that scheme is available on Welsh Government's website. 

Please note: Care workers will not be able to apply for the isolation payment and sick pay schemes for the same period of isolation and will need to choose which payment to claim. Cross checks will be made by the Council to ensure duplicate payments for the same period of isolation are not made.